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NYC SPECIFIC: Might be working in Larchmont, NY, but would like to live in the city (all bouroughs acceptable). Where should I live?

Asked by thefan1 (46 points ) August 9th, 2009

I’d like to live somewhere safe, affordable, and train accessible that is equidistant to a potential workplace in Larchmont, and also (somewhat) close my friends who live in Manhattan and Brooklyn. I should note that I do not want to live in Larchmont…I know it’s nice, but I need to be closer to the city.

Basically I’m trying to keep commuting times to work under 45 minutes while remaining as close as I possibly can to Manhattan (also 45 minutes away, tops). I know the Bronx has a few nice neighborhoods but I’m not sure which ones they are…

Any suggestions? Sorry if it sounds so specific.

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Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

depends on your income
the city is expensive
all other boroughs you can find affordable places

thefan1's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir – Thanks for the response. I should note that when I say “the city” I mean to say all 5 boroughs.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@thefan1 and when I say the ‘city’ I mean Manhattan

InspecterJones's avatar

I live in spanish harlem, which is pretty safe and close to metro north at 125th. Anything within a few blocks of east 116th street is pretty safe and affordable. West 116th isnt so good though.

InspecterJones's avatar

@thefan1 I grew up here and I’m with you on the whole “City” thing. The city is ALL of new york, manhattan is manhattan. The only people that refer to manhattan as the city are ones who don’t really consider the rest to be part of it. No offense to @Simone_De_Beauvoir.

le_inferno's avatar

Go for Brooklyn. My uncle lived in Park Slope and it’s a very nice area. It’s generally not that affordable, but my uncle lived as a tenant with a family, so he got a good deal. It’s too hard to find anything in Manhattan.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@InspecterJones no such thing was implied…I live in Brooklyn…just call Manhattan the city for no reason, actually….

thefan1's avatar

@le_inferno I love Booklyn, but it looks like if I want to commute by train to Larchmont it will take about an hour and a half. Brooklyn is probably out of the picture, unless any of you know some secret neighborhoods on a commuter rail. (Which I doubt exist)

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

the Bronx is closer to larchmont
Unfortunately I don’t know the bronx as well as brooklyn, manhattan, and Queens.

le_inferno's avatar

Hmm. Well, what about somewhere on Long Island? Or even Jersey. I know these are close to Manhattan, but as far as the commute to Larchmont, I’m not sure.

gailcalled's avatar

I grew up in Larchmont and used the train to go into the city regularly. My father commuted to work in mid-town Manhattan. New Rochelle or Mount Vernon if you want suburbs. Inwood or Washington Heights are colorful and reasonable neighborhoods in the northernmost part of Manhattan. I have several younger friends who live there. They go south to work in mid-town or Wall St.

You do not want to commute to Larchmont from either Long Island or New Jersey. But The Bronx would work. My grandparents lived there.

Metro North New Haven line; http://www.stationstops.com/mta/metro_north/index.html

Harlem – 125th St
Yankee Stadium
Mount Vernon East
Mount Vernon East
Pelham
New Rochelle
Larchmont

Quagmire's avatar

Throgs Neck is one of the few “low crime” areas of the Bronx still. Look into that. Also the Pelham Parkway area.

DEFINITELY check out the Metro North options. There are frequently express trains that go directly to Grand Central Station that will take you to the city in no time.

I don’t know the time of day you plan to commute to the city but Metro North is not 24/7 and the NYC subway is not safe at night. Rush hours OK. 2 am, nope!

Noel_S_Leitmotiv's avatar

I love living on the Upper West Side.

thefan1's avatar

@Quagmire and @gailcalled – Thanks so much! I’ll look into this.

I didn’t realize metro north doesn’t run late at night. I plan on visiting friends in LES and Brooklyn (Williamsburg/Prospect) and hopefully pursuing an active night life in the city…but I guess I couldn’t do that if I wasn’t on a subway.

gailcalled's avatar

@thefan1: What’s LES? When I lived on the upper east side of Manhattan, II used to take the subway and/or bus at night but things may have changed? What’s the job in Larchmont? It seems odd to commute backwards.

InspecterJones's avatar

@gailcalled LES = Lower East Side

Quagmire's avatar

@thefan1, do some research on the Metro North schedules. Maybe the latest train is late enough for you. So what if you have to leave the party a little earlier then you wanted? And DO consider how you’re gonna get to the train from wherever you are and how much time that will take.

gailcalled's avatar

At the Larchmont end, it is easy. There is the Larchmont Taxi and there are your feet. Nothing is very far away from the charming little Larchmont train station. It’s the NYC end that will give you trouble.

lrk's avatar

If you’d be commuting to Larchmont by train, be aware that the New Haven line only stops in Harlem, Fordham, Mount Vernon, Pelham, and New Roc before getting to Larchmont—it’d be harder to commute, say, from West to East.

(See MNR schedule and map – Larchmont is near the bottom of the red New Haven line.)

gailcalled's avatar

The schedule has already appeared. Answer #10 several days ago. Welcome but do read the earlier quips before duping them, please.

lrk's avatar

@gailcalled Sorry for the confusion!

Answer #11 did not link to a schedule showing trains to Larchmont, and only from it to Grand Central – I figured my response would be helpful in that it shows both what the questioner’s morning commute would be like, and most likely the evening commute, too, as it seems likely that the questioner might not be living near Grand Central Station.

Quagmire's avatar

@lrk, if I were the questioner, I would find your post VERY helpful and necessary. Lurve for you.

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